Yoga poses are a painful struggle for most, but not for this yoga instructor who recently turned 101.
Tao Porchon-Lynch is the globe’s oldest yoga teacher and has yet to show a sign of slowing down while she embraces the 21st century with the same high-spirited attitude that has shaped her life.
The ex-model and actress says the key to longevity is to live every day filled with the “joy of life”.
Ms. Porchon turned 101-years-old last August but says she isn’t planning to stop giving yoga lessons.
And it isn’t just yoga which she still enjoys doing.
Despite her four hip replacements, she also does dancing at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio, and she was even part of America’s Got Talent.
Born in a former French colony (French India), Ms. Porchon revealed that she was first introduced to yoga at the age of seven when she saw some boys doing yoga at the beach, and has been addicted ever sinse.
“I saw some boys and I thought oh that’s good, I’m going to do that.
“So I did the same thing they were doing, and my aunt said to me: ‘What are you doing?’
“I said: ‘I’m doing the same thing here that they’re doing,’ and she said: ‘But that’s not for ladies, it’s not ladylike,’ and I said: ‘If boys can do it, I can do it’.”
This year, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi awarded her the prestigious Padma Shri Award for exceptional achievement.
The yogi, now based in New York City, also shared some smart life advice motivating others with her can-do attitude.
I can't wait to see you all at Kripalu this weekend! I'll be there giving a workshop on the Eternal Energy of Yoga with my dear friend Renee Diamond
“All my life, if there was something that’s in there that is good, go and do it – don’t just spend your time thinking about it,” she continued.
Ms. Porchon said her life’s philosophy is to embrace every new day with joy.
“When I wake up in the morning, I look at the Sun and I say: ‘This is going to be the best day of my life’ and it will be – it always is.”
You can watch Ms. Porchon’s beautiful Ted talk in the video below.
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